Most people don’t really think much about their mindset, or how it affects their lives. It’s understandable. After all, growing up we did not really learn about the importance of mindset, or anything about it really for that matter. It’s only recently that the concept has become mainstream. And that’s a great thing since the way you think (i.e. your mindset) has a huge impact on all parts of your life. But not just that, your mindset also affects (and influences) the way you act, react, and feel, and as such it affects not just you but the people around you as well (especially those close to you).
So it goes without saying that changing your mindset to adopt a growth mindset can help you improve the overall quality of your life.
Note: if you want or need more details on those two different mindsets (and their differences), check out this audio guide: growth mindset vs fixed mindset.
According to Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck ‘s research (and book, Mindset), the strength of our values and beliefs (both conscious and unconscious), has power and modifying even the smallest of them can have a significant effect on nearly every part of our lives. This becomes pretty obvious when you realise that our beliefs (and the way we think) affect our lives all the time – every moment of every day.
Your mindset is the catalyst for whatever it is you want more of in your life. This is why changing your mindset can help you…
- become smarter
- more resilient
- mentally stronger
- more creative
- more productive
- more artistic
- more passionate
- more curious
- more successful
- and a whole lot more…
There is a reason why top athletes and professionals in nearly every field pay so much attention to mindset.
Read on to learn more about the benefits of changing/improving your mindset to adopting a growth-focused mindset.
Benefits of changing your mindset
It becomes easier for you to get out of your comfort zone – When you adopt a growth mindset, it becomes easier for you to stretch your comfort zone. In fact, you might even be looking forward to it! Why? Because when you change your perspective from one focused on fear and failure, to one focused on growth and learning, you will start seeing the abundance of opportunities. You will see all the many different options that you have, be it for personal things, work, or something else. When you understand that you have options, it is easier to move on, rather than getting stuck or even getting frozen in place any time there is a setback.
You become less anxious and negative – Changing your mindset to adopt one focused on growth and abundance can open your eyes to the fact that there is plenty to go around. For example, just because a colleague got a promotion does not mean you don’t have any more options left for career progression. There are, in fact, many other options available to you, which you can notice and explore when you have adopted a growth mindset. Here are some ideas: you can find another promotion opportunity within your workplace, you can create a completely separate role based on your skills and expertise, you can find an opportunity in another organisation, you can create your own business, and so on. Having competition does not mean there is a lack of opportunity, and adopting a growth mindset can help you become aware of that.
You become less fearful about sharing your ideas and opinions – When you adopt a growth mindset, it becomes easier to share your ideas more openly, as you stop feeling intimidated or threatened. The feelings of inferiority don’t become much of a struggle, if at all, as you become aware of your value, and know that even if your idea does not work out, there is still something to learn from the experience. This can help you greatly when it comes to being part of a team – be it in your workplace, in running your own business, or even in social situations.
You become less judgemental of others, and yourself – Having a growth-focused mindset can help you accept your own flaws. No one is perfect, and that is ok. The point is to grow and improve, rather than get stuck because of perceived flaws and weaknesses. This acceptance and realisation can really help you move forward and grow, and can also help you to be less judgemental of yourself, as well as of others. This also helps you improve your relationships, which you will learn more about in the next point.
You become better at relationships – People with a fixed mindset become heavily fixated on failure, and that fear can really get in the way of building and strengthening relationships. When you adopt a growth mindset you become aware of the fact that relationships take work, and that you can get better at it by working together. Being perfect at it is not the point, nor is it a practical goal. Adopting a growth mindset can help you get better at accepting yourself, including your differences, strengths, and weaknesses. More so, it can also help you to accept people for who they are as opposed to trying to change them to become who you want them to be. We are all different at the end of the day, and that is not a bad thing.
You become better at taking on board feedback, and constructive criticism – Adopting a growth mindset helps you to become more aware of your own abilities and capabilities, which can give your self-confidence levels a massive boost. This (and the other aspects of growth mindset) helps you become better at getting feedback, including constructive criticisms. You realise that feedback and criticism aren’t purely bad. In fact, they can be valuable sources of insights, insights that can help you to grow and improve. Also, you will stop relying on seeking validation from others (thanks to your increased level of confidence and awareness), which in turn will help you even more with taking on board feedback.
You become better and more talented – Adopting a growth mindset helps you realise that your skills are not fixed, that you do not have to be born with talents to be good at something. You can, in fact, get good at anything through learning, and practice.
You get better at taking action, and moving forward – When you become aware of the fact that one of the best ways for you to get better is to try things out and learn from your experiences, you get better at pulling the trigger. That, in turn, helps you progress more and makes it easier for you to move forward. Much easier than someone with a fixed mindset who will dread taking action worrying about every little thing that can go wrong. In that sense, changing your mindset to one focused on growth helps you become more courageous, which is an essential part of growth and progress.
Here is a quick summary of some of the biggest benefits of having a growth mindset:
- It becomes easier for you to get out of your comfort zone
- You become less anxious and negative
- You become less fearful about sharing your ideas and opinions
- You become less judgemental of others, and yourself
- You become better at relationships
- You become better at taking on board feedback, and constructive criticism
- You become better and more talented
- You get better at taking action and moving forward
It is usual for most people not to think much, if anything, about their mindset, or the way it affects them. This is mainly because growing up mindset was rarely ever (if ever) discussed. But your mindset has a significant impact on your life, and as such one of the best ways (if not the best way) to improve your life is to improve your mindset.
Changing your mindset to one focused on growth has a whole host of benefits – it can help you improve your skills, become more creative, become happier and healthier, and even help you become better at building and maintaining relationships. It can also help you achieve your goals and dreams as you will get better at overcoming your fear and doubts and take the steps to move forward.
Now you might be wondering, is it really possible to change your mindset? Absolutely. People have done it over and over, and there is even research to back up the fact that we can change the way we think. So it is very possible. But it will take work, and it will not happen overnight. That said, the benefits are certainly worth the work (as I’m sure you will agree by now).
Take care of your mindset because the way you think matters, more than you know.
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